Master Professional Practice in Higher Education - Máster en Práctica Profesional en Educación Superior
A candidate for the Degree of EdD should:
1.Hold a Masters Degree of this University or of another deemed equivalent; and,
2.Hold that qualification normally in the general field of education, policy and/or management and/or social sciences or its equivalent in professional experience and a professionally accredited programme; and,
3.Have access to email and the internet for the e-supported parts of the programme.
The programme has been specifically designed for professionals - practitioners, policy-makers, leaders and managers, academics and teachers - at all levels of education, from early childhood through further and higher education, to lifelong learning.
Specifically the EdD aims to:
•Promote an understanding of research evidence and methodologies relevant to professional practitioners
•Develop a critical awareness of the policy context in which professional practice takes place
•Enable participants to undertake a research study of relevance to their professional activities.
The general programme comprises:
•Five units with five associated formative assignments taught in mainly two-day Course Session events to support the development of your research plan and proposal (years 1 and 2)
•Regular e-supported learning between Course Sessions
•Research thesis (up to 60,000 words) in years 3 and 4.
Tutors guide participants through the first four modules and associated assignments. You are allocated a supervisor at the stage where you devise your formal research proposal. The proposal is assessed orally and in writing before you can proceed to conduct your thesis.
The programme is assessed by four formative assignments, one summative assignment and a Research Thesis. These are attached to the following units:
Module 1: Introduction to theories and methods as a reflective practioner-researcher
Assignment: Self-Reflection and Personal Development Plan
Module 2: Critical theories and analytical perspectives in education
Assignment: Theoretical Perspectives on education policy and practice
Module 3: Research methods and evaluation
Assignment: A General Research Methods critique
Module 4: The pilot study
Assignment: a commentary and report on a pilot study that will inform the final research proposal for the thesis
Module 5: Preparing and presenting a thesis proposal
This is a summative assignment (5,000 words written and 1,000 words oral presentation)
Years 3 and 4+: A Research Thesis
This will be between up to 60,000 words and will draw from the previous five assignments. It should form a contribution to the knowledge of the subject area and show evidence of originality, either by the discovery of new evidence, or by the exercise of independent critical power. The thesis is examined by the conventional method of the viva voce.
Tutors will guide the participants through their formative assignments and a supervisor will be allocated for the Thesis Proposal and Thesis.
Upon successful completion of the taught part of the EdD programme and a 15-20,000 word mini-thesis, students may be awarded an MRes (Education).